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Guidelines for Handling Blood and Body Fluids

Treat all blood/body fluids as potentially hazardous:

  • Cover any open sores with waterproof bandages.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling blood/body fluids.
  • Avoid contact with your skin when removing soiled gloves.
  • Wash hands with soap and water immediately after removing gloves.
  • Wear structural gloves when cleaning up broken glass.
  • Use any available material to make a barrier between your skin and the fluid if gloves are not available.
  • Use disposable towels and napkins. Line all waste receptacles with plastic bags. 
To clean blood/body fluid spills:
  • Wear gloves during the cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
  • Wipe up visible material with disposable toweling and dispose in lined garbage containers and clean the spill area.
  • Disinfect the surface with an approved disinfectant following the manufacturer’s directions for procedure and length of time to leave on surface.
  • Rinse mop after use then disinfect with approved disinfectant.
  • The treated area should be wiped with paper towels soaked in tap water. Allow the area to dry.
  • Discard towels in a plastic lined waste receptacle.
  • Care must be taken to avoid splashing or generating aerosols during the clean up.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after gloves are removed.